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Fair Wind Pleases



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4 stars This is quite fascinating, especially for their very first release. Fair Wind Pleases "The Wind of the Season" is more mature than one would think, but I believe we're hearing some very talented, imaginative, players, performing their thoughts and passions through the RIO / Avante Music idiom.

My overall impression is that this is somewhat similar to groups like "The Archestra" and "Five Story Ensemble" - both connected to the very creative "Rational Diet." The instrumentation is very organic, with not too much "rock" in the RIO, but a lovely "open feel" and yet, dark. This combination is what makes this form of music so appealing when done with the taste that "The Wind of the Season" offers.

Even the more "free form" sounding elements connect nicely, giving that "give and take" that makes the music a pleasant struggle, with final release and beauty. The primary things you hear are clarinet and piano, but the other instrumentation is present and very supportive. The drums are used both rhythmically and melodically, in a nice, easy mannered presentation. The bass clarinet too, acts as two instrumental thoughts, holding down the "bottom end" like a bass guitar would, but also interacting with the piano and clarinet in complementary fashion. The compositions seem both improvised and composed - one of my favorite elements in RIO.

This all gives a wonderful magical feel, and I like this very much. Hopefully we will be hearing more from this wonderful group out of Russia.

Bravo "Fair Wind Pleases" - BRAVO!!!

tmay102436 | 4/5 |


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